NZ'S FIRST WORLD WAR CENTENARY 2014–2019

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New Zealand composer Peter Hobbs has released a single and 360° video to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the First Battle of Passchendaele (fought on 12 October 1917).

Topics: Passchendaele; Private Leonard Hart; Audience: General, general audiences, Music lovers
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Voices New Zealand Chamber Choir is proud to premiere a newly commissioned work by New Zealand composer Victoria Kelly, in Auckland and Napier in September and October 2017.

Topics: choral, Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Music Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Napier

Choral anthems that reflect upon, and commemorate, the contribution made by New Zealand's service men and women, at St Paul's Collegiate School on 25 April 2017. 

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Music Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Cantando Choir

A concert featuring choral and musical performances commemorating the First World War at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Auckland on 22 April 2017.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Concert, Music, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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NZSO concerts in Auckland and Wellington in May 2017, featuring Gareth Farr's requiem concerto Chemin des Dames, which pays tribute to the soldiers who fell in the First World War.

Topics: Events, Music, Classical Music, Creative Projects, Creative NZ Co-commissioning Fund Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, France, Auckland, New Zealand, France, Wellington

The Exhibition features forgotten Kiwi songs from the war and tells the stories of the writers and composers. At Blenheim's Millennium Public Art Gallery, 3 February to 19 March 2017.

Topics: Social & Political History, Events, Exhibitions, Music, History Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim

The City Choir Dunedin and Dunedin Symphony Orchestra come together to perform Karl Jenkins' chorla work The Armed Man at the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 April 2017.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Performances, Music, peace Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

John Psathas and Mathew Knight discuss the locations, ethos and impact of their recent First World War commemorative collaboration, No Man’s Land at MBIE in Wellington on 2 November 2016

Topics: Public Talks & Tours, Events, Music Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

The RNZN Band presents their third Remembrance Day concert paying tribute to New Zealand’s past and present. At Holy Trinity Cathedral, Auckland, on 11 November 2016.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Events, Concert, Armistice Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The New Zealand premier of John Rae’s ‘Dulce' at the Auckland Jazz Festival.

Topics: Music, Jazz Audience: Music lovers, General
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A concert by the Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery to commemorate the centenary of the Somme. At Playhouse Theatre, Glen Eden, Auckland on 25 September 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, bands, Events, Music, Somme Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Join Belgian composer Jef Neve for In Flanders Fields, a concert exploring the Belgian experience of the war, and New Zealand's relationship with it, at Auckland Museum on 2 April 2016.

Topics: Music, Belgium, Events Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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In three concerts at Featherston's Anzac Hall between 27 March and 24 April 2016, you will hear original First World War songs, as featured in the Farewell Zealandia exhibition.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Events, Music Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, historians, General Located in: New Zealand, Featherston
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The Dunedin Symphony Orchestra's 2016 season finishes with a programme featuring works that reflect the times of the First World War. Held in the Dunedin Town Hall on 1 October 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Music, Events Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

Cantando Choir returns to the peaceful setting of Hamilton Gardens on Anzac Day 2016 for a presentation of reflective music and words.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Anzac Day 2016, Events, Music, choir Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton
Organised by: Cantando Choir

The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra continues to commemorate the centenary of the First World War with two special concerts of remembrance and thanksgiving in April 2016.

Topics: Classical Music, Concert, Musical performance, Lottery Grant Recipients Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Wellington

Mothers, Daughters, Wives is a concert that focuses on those who are often left behind at times of war. Performed on 14 November 2015 at the National War Memorial, Wellington.

Topics: Events, Concert, Families, Women in wartime Audience: General, Arts appreciators, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Nota Bene

Leopard Coachlines Canterbury Brass and The Plainsmen present a remembrance concert at Middleton Grange Performing Arts Centre, Christchurch, on 6 November 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Events, Concert, Music Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
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The Christchurch City Choir and Addington Brass join to present a free commemoration concert of First World War songs and music at the Air Force Museum on 15 November 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Events, Commemorations Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

'Remember' is a concert the Navy Band perform on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2015, at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Concert, Music, Events, Armistice Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An 80-strong choir with full orchestra performs Karl Jenkins' anti-war piece, The Armed Man: a Mass for Peace at Nelson College on 26 October 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, Concert, choir, choral Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, Peace Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson Civic Choir

Classical guitarist Bruce Paine will present a concert at Alberton, Auckland, titled "Duty and Delight" and inspired by Gallipoli war texts, on 21 November 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Music, Events, Musical performances, Gallipoli Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
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Soprano Madeleine Pierard joins The Choir of Wellington Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington to present a concert commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Chunuk Bair on August 8 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Chunuk Bair, Events, choir, Music Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
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The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings (poems, letters etc) to commemorate the centenary of the Great War at St Andrew's Church in Pukekohe on 5 July 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Songs, Events, Concert Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Pukekohe
Organised by: Handel Consort and Quire

World premier of new jazz piece written by John Rae and featuring Scottish pianist Brian Kellock with New Zealand bassist Patrick Bleakley at the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2015

Topics: Jazz, Music, Overseas Audience: Music lovers, General

The Handel Quire present an evening of sublime music and readings to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. Held at Auckland's Pitt St Methodist Church on 4 July 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Events, Musical performances Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Handel Consort and Quire

The Palmerston North Choral Society presents a programme commemorating Gallipoli, the First World War and the sorrow arising from conflict at St Peter's Anglican Church 20 June 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, choral, Performing Arts, Gallipoli Audience: General, classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North

Cantores Choir (OUSA) with orchestra and percussion presents a collection of songs, texts and sounds covering numerous aspects of war, at the Dunedin Railway Station, 24 May 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Songs, Music, Events, Musical performances Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Cantores Choir

Remembering 100 years of Gallipoli, the Unity Singers will present favourites from the First and Second World Wars in the variety concert at Pahiatua's: Regent Theatre, 17 May 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Variety Concerts, Concert, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Pahiatua
Organised by: Unity Singers

Peninsula Players offer a short one-act play followed by Showstoppers, with a selection of Music-Hall favourites as our tribute to the centenary of the First World War. 1-3 May 2015.

Topics: Events, Music, Concert, Songs, Plays Audience: Music lovers, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Peninsular Players

Dancing to classic tunes, community choir singing wartime favourites and afternoon tea at Woodville's Holy Trinity Hall on 26 April 2015. Feel free to come dressed up in period costume.

Topics: Concert, Music, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Woodville
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Nelson City Brass warmly invites you to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of Anzac through music at Theatre Royal Nelson on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Music, Classical Music, Events, Anzac Day 2015, Concert Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Nelson City Brass

Trust Waikato Symphony Orchestra and Cantando Choir present a moving programme on the centenary of the ANZAC landings in Gallipoli. At Hamilton's Founders Theatre, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Concert, Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Hamilton

This concert of wartime favourites on 19 April 2015 is our tribute to the Gallipoli centenary and part of Coromandel's celebrations taking place during the week leading up to Anzac Day.

Topics: Covers, Tribute Bands, Music, Concert, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Coromandel
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A free concert performed by The Band of the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery marking the centenary of the Gallipoli Campaign. At Titirangi War Memorial Hall on 19 April 2015.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, bands, Music, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

An Anzac Centenary tribute concert, featuring the West City Concert Band. Performing at the Mt Albert War Memorial Hall on 26 April 2015.

Topics: Music, Anzac Day 2015, Events, Songs Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: West City Concert Band

Wellington Citadel Band presents a concert to commemorate the centennial of the Gallipoli landings in the First World War, at Wellington's Salvation Army Citadel, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, bands, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Wellington Citadel Band

On 22 April 2015 Ukrainian concert pianist Roman Rudnytsky returns to Auckland's PumpHouse to play a special one-off commemorative concert in honour of the fallen.

Topics: Classical Music, Concert, Music, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: The PumpHouse Theatre

The Dunedin RSA Choir will be presenting its Anzac revue at the Dunedin Town Hall on Anzac Day, 25 April 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Music, Songs, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, returned service veterans Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin
Organised by: Dunedin RSA Choir

ANZAC Reflections, Memoirs and Memories, presenting a special programme of beautiful music and readings commemorating those who have given their lives, and reflecting on the effects of war.

Topics: Music, poetry, bands, Entertainment, Events Audience: Music lovers, family historians, historians, third generation, Families Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

Porirua Little Theatre & Trust Porirua City Brass present a musical to commemorate 100 years since the Gallipoli campaign at the PopUp Porirua Little Theatre, 22 April - 2 May 2015.

Topics: Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Music, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Porirua

Letters From The Front is a musical revue that follows one family’s hopes, fears, love and loss during wartime. At Whanganui's Amdram Musical Theatre, 26-26 April 2015.

Topics: Events, Musicals, Theatrical performances, Performing Arts, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, theatre goers Located in: New Zealand, Wanganui
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Te Awamutu Light Operatic Society presents Lest We Forget, a musical tribute to the ANZACs, at The Woolshed, 16-26 April.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Events, Performing Arts, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Te Awamutu

Dulce et Decorum est is a new project by jazz composer John Rae inspired by New Zealand war poetry written by returning First World War soldiers.

Topics: Music, Creative Projects, poetry Audience: Music lovers
Category: Other
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A choir of 100 voices will sing Karl Jenkin's piece, The Armed Man, at Papakura's Hawkins Theatre, between 2 and 4 May 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Events, Performing Arts, Choir, Vocal Music Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Papakura

Marking the Gallipoli centenary, and celebrating the enduring spirit of ANZAC, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band presents a concert at the Auckland Town Hall on 30 March 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Performing Arts, Events, ANZAC Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Christchurch icons Woolston Brass and the Christchurch City Choir bring 'Gallipoli 100 - ANZAC Remembered 2015' to Charles Luney Auditorium on 25 April 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Performing Arts, Events, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: General, Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch
Organised by: Woolston Brass

The Unity Singers present a collection of favourites from the First and Second World War at Palmerston North's Regent on Broadway, Sunday 10 May 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Songs, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Palmerston North
Organised by: Unity Singers

The St. Alban's Community choir will perform a program consisting of First World War-era songs in aid of the Knox Church restoration fund. Held in Christchurch on 22 March 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Songs, Music, Events, Fundraising Audience: General, choirs, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Christchurch

The Auckland Youth Orchesta's first concert series of 2015, Midsummer Dreams, pays particular reference to Gallipoli. Three dates in Auckland and one in Whitianga, February-March 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, Gallipoli, Music Audience: General, classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland, New Zealand, Whitianga
Organised by: Auckland Youth Orchestra

A tapestry of music and words reflecting the time of the Great War. Performed by the Bay of Islands Singers at Kerikeri's Turner Centre, Sunday 3 May.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Concert, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Kerikeri
Organised by: Bay of Islands Singers

Dennis Marsh and Joy Adams present a show of great country music, war songs, nostalgia and loads of fun at Tuakau's LaValla Chapel Theatre between 21 and 28 April 2015.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Tuakau
Organised by: Dennis March

Summon the Heroes is the theme of NZ National Youth Brass Band's 2015 Tour around the South Island in January 2015, marking the forthcoming 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli.

Topics: Music, Concert, Events Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Blenheim, New Zealand, Nelson, New Zealand, Westport
Organised by: NZ National Brass Band

Soldier's Songs is Wellington Repertory Theatre's 2015 Anzac production, playing in three locations around Anzac Day 2015.

Topics: Performing Arts, Events, Musical performances, Plays, Anzac Day 2015 Audience: theatre goers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: Rose Hudson

A concert at Wellington's St Andrews on the Terrace on 12 Jan 2015 featuring works commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Classical Music, Music, Performing Arts, Events Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, Youth, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington
Organised by: NZ Youth Symphonic Winds

This concert at Auckland's Hollywood Cinema on 26 April 2015 features music from some of the darkest days in our history, including the First World War.

Topics: Variety Concerts, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers, Families, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

The Upper Hutt Brass Band, Upper Valley Singers, and Wainuiomata Choir commemorate the First World War at Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre with The Armed Man on 16 and 26 April 2015.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, Concert, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Upper Hutt
Organised by: Upper Hutt Brass Band

A weekly reading of First World War stories, letters and diaries with music from the era. ​Saturday afternoons at 12.30, on Otago Access Radio 105.4FM and 1575AM.

Topics: Radio, diaries, letters, Music, broadcasting Audience: General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Dunedin

St George's Choral presents Haydn's Mass in Time of War as part of Thames' First World War commemorations on Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 November 2014.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, Music Audience: General, classical music lovers, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Thames

Join your national orchestra for a moving tribute concert in honour of the Anzacs. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform at the Auckland Town Hall on 23 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performances, Performing Arts, Events, Orchestral music Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

Join your national orchestra for a moving tribute concert in honour of the Anzacs. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra perform at Wellington's Michael Fowler Centre on 22 April 2015.

Topics: Classical Music, Musical performances, Performing Arts, Orchestral music, Events Audience: classical music lovers, Music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Wellington

This concert by the RNZN Band pays tribute to New Zealand’s past and present. Performing at Auckland's Holy Trinity Cathedral on Tuesday 11 November.

Topics: Classical Music, Music, Concert Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Holy Trinity Cathedral

The Auckland Youth Symphonic Band perform music from the First World War at Auckland's Playhouse Theatre on Sunday 2 November.

Topics: Classical Music, Events, Songs, Music, Musical performances Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers, General Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Playhouse Theatre

The Aorangi singers join Ensemble Polymnia for a Bach concert which includes three First World War poems. 29 November in Parnell's Holy Trinity Cathedral.

Topics: Classical Music, poetry, Music, Events Audience: Music lovers, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Ensemble Polymnia

Nelson Musical Theatre presents a new production of Oh What a Lovely War! at Nelson's Theatre Royal from 11 -  22 November.

Topics: Musicals, Events, Performing Arts, Theatrical performances, Comedy Audience: Artists, Families, General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Nelson
Organised by: Theatre Royal Nelson

Commemorating Remembrance Sunday at Auckland War Memorial Museum this year are dance troupe Feisty Feet and Auckland Girls’ Choir. Held in the WWI Sanctuary on 13 November 2016.

Topics: Commemorations, Ceremonies, Events, choral, dance Audience: Schools, General, Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland

V8 Vocal Ensemble present a programme at Waikanae Memorial Hall that includes music associated with the First World War on 12 October 2014.

Topics: Choir, Vocal Music, October 14, Events, Performing Arts Audience: Music lovers, General, classical music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Waikanae
Organised by: V8 Vocal Ensemble

No Man’s Land brings together the descendants of opposing forces in the First World War and reunites them in friendship and musical solidarity. Touring in March 2016.

Topics: Lottery Grant Recipients, Events, Music, Performing Arts, NZ Festival Audience: General, Music lovers, Arts appreciators

A choral music concert held on Friday 25 April 2014, 5.00pm, at the Auckland Town Hall.

Topics: Music, Performing Arts, Events, Lottery Grant Recipients, Classical Music Audience: Music lovers Located in: New Zealand, Auckland
Organised by: Auckland Choral